The First Online Law School and the First to Be Regionally Accredited
Concord Law School at Purdue University Global offers a first-rate legal education with online flexibility and exceptional affordability. Purdue Global is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, and the law school is registered as a Distance Learning Law School in the unaccredited category with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
Registration with the Committee of Bar Examiners gives Concord Law School its authority to offer a Juris Doctor degree that qualifies Concord JD graduates who meet the regulatory requirements to take the California Bar Examination and obtain admission to the practice of law in California. Concord is not on the list of schools approved by the American Bar Association. The ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools currently do not allow for JD programs that are delivered fully online.
We’re very proud of the rigorous, rewarding online legal education program we have pioneered. Over the last 20 years, we have set the bar for developing and supporting innovative programs that revolutionize the way students can obtain a law degree. At Concord Law School, we strive to:
- Deliver an academically competitive legal education in a distance-learning environment
- Proactively support students with dedicated services and personalized guidance
- Provide greater access to affordable legal education
State Bar of California Registration and Bar Admission
Concord Law School’s method of instruction delivery—via the internet without a fixed classroom facility—places it in the Distance Learning Law School category under the rules of the State Bar of California. While the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association (ABA) do not accredit fully distance learning schools, the Committee does register schools in this category. Concord Law School is registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California, but is not accredited by them or by the ABA. Registration with the Committee permits Concord JD graduates who meet the regulatory requirements to apply for admission to the State Bar of California. Study at, or graduation from, Concord does not qualify graduates to take the bar examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in jurisdictions other than California upon graduation.
A student seeking admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California may need additional experience/education to qualify for that state's bar. For example, graduates who pass the California Bar exam and gain licensure in California may then immediately pursue licensure in the states of Wisconsin and North Carolina. For licensure options in other states, students should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirement for admission to the practice of law prior to enrollment at Concord.
Graduates from the Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) professional law degree program at Concord do not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California or any other state.
B&P 6061.7 Disclosure
California Business and Professions Code (B&P) 6061.7 requires a law school that is not approved by the American Bar Association to provide certain information on its website. View the reporting form.